on 30th of January, 2020, Kericho County had the honour of receiving the US Ambassador to Kenya H. E. Kyle McCarter to Kericho County. Together with the Governor of Kericho County, Prof. Paul Chepkwony, he held discussions on various areas of collaboration between Kericho and various US agencies including USAID, the Walter Reed Project (WRP) and the President's Emergency Plan for AIDs Relief (PEPFAR). We are honoured as a county to host the largest base of the WRP in the region. WRP is a bastion of medical research in the entire region working with the Kenya Medical Research Institute (KEMRI) to discover new and more effective vaccines and drugs to combat a variety of illnesses including HIV, Tuberculosis and Malaria.
We are glad that Ambassador McCarter agrees that devolution has transformed our county and that our partnership has benefitted the people of Kericho and the region. The work done by PEPFAR has seen the HIV Prevalence in Kericho reduce to 2.9%,which is nearly half of the national average of 4.7%. Amb. McCarter also commissioned the most mordern viral load machine which can do 5000 tests a week and will go way in monitoring treatment of HIV patients in around ten counties. Kericho County government will continue strengthening our collaboration with the US Government and all its agencies in all sectors of development. Karibu Kericho Your Excellency McCarter.